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I'm starting my own navy

Well, I seem to be up to 4 boats in the fleet now, just bought a Mirror Dinghy kit, 1970s vintage in original box, all there and in perfect condition (aside from it missing the hardware, but that's simple enough). Figured it would be a great little project to do with my little-one over the next year or two, and then we can sail together on the lakes. The circle is complete, I sailed with my father on a Mirror on a lake back in the UK some 30 something years ago.

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Good for you. My husband helped my nephew restore an old 20 foot sailboat and they had great fun over one summer. He also helped a neighbor re-build a dinghy the boy and his father tried to build from a kit that same summer. They failed to read the instructions.
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I started sailing with a Mirror kit 45 years ago. Came with a how-to-build book and a how-to-sail book (i had never built anything nor sailed at that point). It won't take you all that long to build. I am also back near the beginning. I will be building a Chameleon dinghy this fall. Bought the plans from Danny Greene when we were in Bermuda in the spring.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).

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Re: I'm starting my own navy

I know the feeling. I have 3 fully functional sailboats and 2 I'm currently working on. But since they are all trailer based boats, it does not cost me much to indulge in this silliness.

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Re: I'm starting my own navy

I am in possession of quite a fleet myself. I am thinking about arming them and taking over a pretty little island somewhere.

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2002 Precision 23
2005 Precision 18
2001 Precision 15Keel
1999 Precision 15Keel
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Used to be a sailboat dealer (guess what brands). This is what I have left (titles in my name). Most of it for sale if anyone interested.
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If I remember/can be bothered, I'll document the build process for your amusement.

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Re: I'm starting my own navy

Paul, if you and friends have a navy .you'll need rope. I just took 3/8 (400 ft?)and 1/2(800 ft?) dacron braid new left over from projects to Boater's EX. boxes of other stuff too of interest to boaters.
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You CAN have too many boats you know!..

FWIW a Mirror Dinghy hull minus hardware makes a fun base for a kid's bed. It'll have them dreaming of sailing from before they even know what sailing is.

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I've got 10 if you include kayaks.

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Re: I'm starting my own navy

I've been planning out the addition of a second boat, a dinghy.

Sometimes have to stop looking at boats because there are many that are well priced and need a little work to be sailing again. Last I need is more projects than I can handle.

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